It’s that time of year again, time to celebrate with your loved ones. Personally I don’t feel like valentines day is actually very special; more of a corporate holiday created to boost up the wallets of the big-dogs sitting high-up…am I cynical? However I do like the concept of celebrating the love you have for your close ones, whether that be your bf, mama or MOST importantly yourself.
I’ve curated a selection of last-min gifting ideas for the 14th…of course it’s not all about the gifts, more of the thought…however the gifts help!
HIM – Fragrance
Issey Miyake Noir Ambré – 100ml
This oriental fragrance was released late 2016, still a very new fragrance on the scene.
High-class draw box package, pulls out to reveal the coppery/gold liquid within the iconic Issey Miyake bottling.
- Saffron, Nutmeg, Cinnamon & Coriander
- Papyrus, Cedar, Vetiver & Leather
- Amber, Vanilla & Tonka Bean
A oriental spicy fragrance that smells INSANE (in a good way). Extremely unique, you wont fade into the background with this powerful scent. With excellent sillage and longevity, this is a luxe style cologne with a high-street price.
NO.34 Quality Score: 8/10
Abercrombie & Fitch Man First Instinct – 100ml £58.00 (Click Here)
Sleek, modern and fresh. Launched mid-2016, this fragrance has certainly made its staple in the world of scent.
- Gin & Tonic, Kiwano Melon
- Spicy Szechuan Pepper, Tangy Citrus
- Raw Amber, Sueded Musk
Instinct is just one of many A&F colognes, for me this one is the epitome of a summer beach day. Crisp G&T against the tangy citrus brings out the fresh feeling, drying down to the warm amber of the sun.
Priced at £58.00 for 100ml this is a high-street cologne, with outstanding sillage, but not so brilliant longevity approx. 3-4hours. But at that price I don’t feel bad about re-applying.
A BRILL youthful cologne.
NO.34 Quality Score: 6/10
HER – Fragrance
Jimmy Choo L’eau – 90ml £63.00 (Click Here)
Floral, sweet perfume launched early 2017, bringing a youthful glow to the Jimmy Choo fragrance wardrobe.
- Bergamot & Hibiscus
- Nectarine & Peony
- Cedar-wood & Musk
Jimmy Choo has some classic fragrances in their wardrobe, hugely popular with both genders, L’eau fits in perfectly. Bringing a youthful tone (don’t be mistaken this is no Britney Spear fragrance) to anyones day. This is what I call a safe fragrance to gift, its in no way an offensive scent.
L’eau has a good sillage rating and outstanding longevity (I was surprised).
NO.34 Quality Score: 7/10
HIS – Grooming
MOLTON BROWN Tobacco Absolute Candle Set – Full Size £56.00 (Click Here)
Molton Brown is the brand to go to when you’re looking for luxury bath & shower goods. Not only have they released this new luxe set bringing two of my favourite items together (bath & shower gel, luxury candle), but they’re also my FAVE scent, Tobacco Absolute. They both come beautifully wrapped in a luxury MB box sealed with a rose wax stamp…I mean, if that’s not class.
- Argentinian Grapefruit
- Rosewood Accord
- Leather Accord
Tobacco Absolute is a high performing fragrance that will last all day on your skin, that’s just from the shower gel! A classic masculine scent, perf for any gentleman in your life.
NO.34 Quality Score: 9/10
Kiehl’s Age Defender Range – Shop collection HERE
The Age Defender range is created with high-potent formulations full of brilliant anti-ageing ingredients. This is a superb collection for any males aged 21+ with ANY skin type.
The collection consists of:
- Power Serum
- Eye Cream
Age Defender is a brilliant gift for those males look for a heavy-duty skincare routine certain to work those fine-lines and wrinkles.
After all skincare is such an amazing gift! (in-depth post all about this collection coming soon).
NO.34 Quality Score: 10/10
HER – Beauty
CLARINS Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils – 01, 02, 03 £19.00 (Click Here)
The PERF lip care product to gift! Clarins are renowned for their plant-based skincare, no corners have been cut on their latest lip venture. These lip comfort oils are created with high quality plant-based ingredients, to provide nutrition and comfort.
With a large cushioned applicator for soothing application, lips are left with a slight sheen from the three colours available, smelling and tasting sweets.
Another bullet proof gift.
NO.34 Quality Score: 9/10
Liz Earle Super Skin Regime – (Shop collection HERE)
If you think buying skincare as a gift is a little risky…fear not. Liz Earle has the most gentle formulation that actually works wonders for any skin. Formulated with naturally active ingredients, skin is left feeling cared for.
The perfect routine consists of three main components: Cleanse & Polish, Instant Boost Skin Tonic, Skin Repair Moisturiser.
I’m personally a HUGE fan of the Cleanse & Polish (especially the christmas scent), this is such a gentle cleanser that still gets rid of dirt and grime. I love using this when I’m suffering from and sort of break-out (it’s pain-free!).
Liz Earle get a big tick from Mama Sandy!
NO.34 Quality Score: 9/10
Whatever your doing on the 14th or who your spending it with, I hope you have a great day!
P.S – it’s my birthday on the 18th so essentially we all know what day is more important, just saying.